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(March 11, 2019)

Severe winter weather conditions have resulted in significant pothole damage.

Last week, the City received 1,320 requests for pothole repair, many are duplicates and most reports identify 10-12 primary areas of damage.  From the total reports, 189 work orders have been created.  (A work order can be one pothole, or a series of potholes in one area.)

This week, weather permitting, Public Works crews will work in two shifts from 3:30am – 8:30pm to repair potholes. Last week, those crews shifted to snow removal and lost three days of planned repairs.

One of the  most frequently reported locations is South 144th Street between “Q” Street and Millard Avenue.  Due to unsafe conditions, Mayor Jean Stothert directed the Public Works Department to close the street until repairs are completed.

“This is a public safety priority,” said Mayor Stothert.

Prior to the accelerating deterioration of 144th Street, the City contracted with Swain Construction to remove and replace the damaged concrete from curb to curb.  The work is scheduled to begin March 20.  Potholes on the north and south sections of the closed street will also be repaired.

Beginning Monday March 18, hot asphalt will be available for pothole repair, typically the City’s asphalt supplier does not open until early April. Hot asphalt provides a more permanent repair than cold patch asphalt used during winter months.

Also Monday, three companies under contract to repair potholes will supplement city crews. Last month, at the Mayor’s request, the City Council reconsidered its initial vote and authorized the use of contractors to assist with repair.  The companies will add up to nine repairs crews to the street maintenance employees already assigned to pothole repair, bringing the total of repair crews to 31.

“We understand the frustration,” said Mayor Stothert. “We have additional personnel and we’ll have hot asphalt in a few days, but what we really need is a long stretch of dry weather.”

To report pothole locations, please use the Mayor’s Hotline, 402-444-5555, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or omahahotline.com.

    

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